The following article is by Ogaga O. David, whom I met about two years ago in Cape Town SA. I believe this article is significant because it addresses one of the problems that hinders the Lord from re-establishing a biblical church order. Because there has been too many self appointed “apostles,” that have demonstrated an abuse of authority: there has resulted a fear of this gifting.
Who’s Apostle Are You?
Gal.1:1.Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead)
- ‘By Men’=The word ‘BY’,Grk dia, is a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional):
- ‘Of Men’=The word ‘OF’, Grk apo, is a primary particle; “off,” i.e. away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation)
By implication, since an Apostle is a sent one by another authority, it means if you are an “Apostle of men” you will teach that which is the will or mind of men but far away from that of the Lord. If you are an “ Apostle by men” then you become an instrument to reveal the will of men, the very ones who probably licensed you by ordination. But if you be the “Apostle by Jesus Christ” Then you become the Channel of distribution of the mind and will of Christ to creation.
Paul gave us a clear picture of what I am saying in Gal.1:11-12, when he said, “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ”
It goes to show that, if we where to have more of the Apostles by Jesus Christ teaching the word today, we would have had more of the mind of God revealed to creation than it is.
The question then follows, now that every one seems to be an Apostle, who is the source of our information, Christ or men? Who’s Apostle are we? Are we all now Apostles by signing in into a Network, by membership or ordination? In other words, are we more of licensed Apostles than Christ commissioned Apostles or just a mere Religious Title wave bearers of another season?
Again, hear this; Gal 1:1-2. I, Paul, and my companions in faith here, send greetings to the Galatian churches. My authority for writing to you does not come from any popular vote of the people, nor does it come through the appointment of some human higher-up. It comes directly from Jesus the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead. I’m God-commissioned……
11 Know this — I am most emphatic here, friends — this great Message I delivered to you is not mere human optimism. 12 I didn’t receive it through the traditions, and I wasn’t taught it in some school. I got it straight from God, received the Message directly from Jesus Christ. (THE MESSAGE
Oh Lord! Send in more of your Apostles. Amen!
Ogaga David is an International Bible Teacher and the Set Man of Divine Encounter Ministries Warri and Gods Kingdom Advancement Initiative, a registered charity in South Africa. He is currently based in Nigeria.